More than a year ago, Southern Studies grad students Turry Flucker, Anna Hamilton, and Kate Hudson set out to investigate and document Jackson, Mississippi’s Farish Street as part of a Southern Foodways Alliance and Southern Documentary Project effort to study the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Through oral histories, photography, and film, the students asked questions about what the legislation meant and means for public spaces and how people inhabit them.  Farish Street, once described as the “black Mecca” of Mississippi but now largely deserted, illustrates the complexity of community formation, survival, and revitalization.

Read the essay that resulted from their work.